jueves, 10 de mayo de 2012

Spanish war memorial marks Liverpool soldier's death

Apareció el siguiente artículo en la prensa de Liverpool:

A NEW memorial in Spain marks the death of a soldier from a famous Liverpool family 200 years ago.
Lt Col John Scrope Colquitt, of the  elite 1st Regiment of the Foot Guards, died in 1812 in Spain after fighting  under the Duke of Wellington against the French in the Peninsula War.
Born in Liverpool in 1775, he was from a renowned 18th century merchant family whose name is marked by  Colquitt Street where they lived in the  city centre.
He was the son of the town’s bailiff and attended Rugby public school and Trinity College Cambridge, before  joining the Foot Guards (now the  Grenadier Guards) as an ensign.
The new £8,000 memorial in Alcala de Guadaira marks the site where Lt Col Colquitt was buried and is part of Spain’s commemoration of the Peninsular War’s bicentenary.
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Grenadier Guardsman Lance Corp George Vickers, 22, was chosen to sound the Last Post at the new monument for a ceremony to which Lt Col Colquitt’s relatives from Britain, local historians, dignitaries and other guardsmen were invited.
Among them was psychologist and author Sam Westmacott, who is Lt Col Colquitt’s cousin five times removed.
She only discovered this link when a local historian investigating his story contacted her.
The monument is located in an area  called La Cruz del Ingles (the  Englishman’s  Cross), after the cross which once stood over Lt Col Colquitt’s grave.
The  Peninsular  War pitted the  allied nations  of Britain, Spain and Portugal against  Napoleonic France’s imperial  expansion, from 1808 to 1814.
John Colquitt died of fever in either  Seville or nearby Utrera, on September  4, 1812, after fighting Napoleon’s troops  in temperatures of 40C,  according to  historian Richard Daglish, of Mossley  Hill.
The reason for Lt Col Colquitt being  buried in Alcala de Guadaira only  recently emerged.
He fought the French in liberating  Cadiz and led his men into battle in  Seville on April 27, 1812.
After his death a few days later, his  battalion carried their 37-year-old  leader’s remains to Alcala de Guadaira,  where they were stationed.
Refused permission to bury him in  the town’s cemetery as he was an  Anglican “heathen”, they offered a  stone cross as a burial site on a hill  outside the town.
Mr Daglish said: “We’ve failed to find  a portrait of Lt Col Colquitt, but  discovered he was born in Norris Green,  which was then deep in the country.
“The last Liverpool family member  was Miss Susan Colquitt, who endowed  Christ Church, Kensington, before her  death in 1867. Other branches of the  family moved to  Gloucestershire.”

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